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The Semi-Retired Foamer has been a railfan since he was around 5 years old, a very young age when one really should avoid being involved with the gunzel community to any great extent.
After a few decades of train chasing one decided to break with protocol and get married, thus leading to a severe cut in railfan activity.
Subsequent dealings with social misfits, loonatics, mental defectives and self appointed experts lead to an even greater decrease in my hobby participation.
However things have changed thanks our small group of trusted mate, interest has returned, and now I have become a bit more involved yet again. Having learnt to laugh, with others, at all the more 'Moronic Foamers'.
.Oh the irony that lays behind that term.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WAGGA WAGGA EXHIBITION 2014

A SMUT Group Invasion
  The annual model railway exhibition in Wagga is quite a popular end of year exhibition with many from across three (probably more) states heading there for some pre-Festive '
period scale foaming.

  This year an official invite was not extended to the 'Strange Modelers of Universal Trains' by the 'Wagga Wagga Model Railroaders' to attend the groups exhibition. Great, a wonderful opportunity to catch up with the guys in our SMUT (Wagga Chapter) and members from across two states.
  It has been quite a few years since I last attended this event, and seeing how good it is I am wondering why I had left it so long. It was one of those weekends you never forget, but not due to lingering medical conditions, but for the laughs, enjoyment and mates.
  Thank you to all those who put on the event and to all the SMUT members who attended and made it such an awesome weekend.





Numerous progressive south western heritage groups put on displays of their respect projects.
Tumut, Ladysmith and Crookwell being among those I can remember.



Hopey comes out of the closet with his Candy livery addiction.


The awesome Binalong layout has been extended since last it was exhibited.
A new quarry siding adds even more interest.




 A great pleasure to finally meet Dave and Tracey Pallas from Pallas Hobbies.
Look forward to catching up again in December.




Andrew Lawson (Tumut Station group) and Ben O'Malley operate the wonderful Batlow layout. The Tumut guys have modelled a good bit of the former Tumut/Batlow lines, including Gundagai, Gilmore, Tumut and of course Batlow.
While we may longer be able to have the real thing, the Tumut guys ensure we remember what it was like.


Gundagai station receives another passenger train.
We stopped at the real one on the way home.




Yet another first time meeting was Dan from 'Road and Rail''.


COMING SOON

THE GRAND 2014 WAGGA AFTERPARTY

SMUT Group exhibition parties are legendary and the Wagga one was no different.
In the next installment of the Semi-Retired Foamer'' we will look at the parts of the big night that we can still remember.


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